Yoga has always been a form of exercise, the combination of which was giving the effect of alternative medicine in Hinduism. For centuries, yoga was famous for its numerous advantages in the field of human body improvement. Recent studies have shown that the combination of aromatherapy and yoga has a tremendous effect on our mind, body and soul simultaneously. Natural scents of essential oils relieve psychological stress, making us feel better and healthier.
One of the undoubted advantages of yoga is that it lowers blood pressure, slows the heart rate, and strengthens the immune system. And when these undeniable advantages are combined with aromatherapy, whose beneficial effects on the human body are proven, we refine our mind, body and soul.
There are a lot of aromatic oils, but just a few are known for their great effect to yoga:
Incense Oil – earthy scent of incense has a calming effect on our brain. During meditation, it will help you become better acquainted with your spiritual and inner strength. It opens the upper chakras and heals the body by getting rid of stress, fatigue and depression.
Lavender Oil – helps to relieve anxiety, nervousness, headaches and insomnia. Also it has a calming effect on our heart and brings peace and relaxation.
Sweet Orange – a pleasant aroma of sweet orange is uplifting. It eliminates the unnecessary and unjustified fears, activates all the senses and stimulates the desire to live.
Myrrh Oil – has a calming effect on the central nervous system. It fills our mind with calmness and serenity and strengthens the chakras. Myrrh will heal your emotional turmoil and psychological wounds.
Lemongrass Oil – the light aroma of lemon essential helps to relieve our mind from tension, stress and bustle of everyday life. It relieves nervous tension and brings the feelings of happiness.
Ylang-Ylang – floral scent of ylang-ylang increases confidence, lowers blood pressure and relives headache. Sweetness of its flavour has a positive effect on our libido and mood swings.
The effect of yoga with a combination of aromatherapy gives a long term effect, which is very useful especially during the pregnancy. To experience all the benefits of yoga with aromatherapy, you need to practice the exercises at least for a month. The combination of exercise and scents has a double positive effect on you. It will accelerate the process of relaxation and improve the mental alertness, while opening a door for spiritual development.
If you are not having an immediate access to above mentioned essential oils, you can always use your favourite perfume, perhaps spraying your room before the practice. Any scent that makes you feel calm and relax will serve the purpose. It has to be fresh and not obtrusive, so avoid heavy fragrances by any means. Try, for example, Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio or Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca, they are light and earthy. Even ladies tend to recommend men’s colognes as they are more universal and less offensive (important if you practice yoga with somebody else).
There are no strict rules, and you can use anything from a scented soap bar to aromatic candle if that brings you that relaxation and calmness that we want to achieve.